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TCN: ALPHA Bible reciting program seeks to root children in God’s word
"Lydia Ma" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:21:50 +0800
>Taiwan Church News
>February 23~March 1, 2009
ALPHA Bible reciting program seeks to root children in God’s word
>Reported by Chen Yi-shuan
>Written by Lydia Ma
The Center for Promoting Bible Reciting has been encouraging children to recite God’s word for over two years and has even held Bible recitation contests for adults and children. The center unveiled ALPHA Bible Reading for Children Association in an opening ceremony on February 22nd at Chang Jung Senior High School. The association’s mission statement is to promote Bible reading among children so that they can begin to absorb God’s word from an early age.
The Association’s CEO Tan Po-ka (Chen Bau-jia), an elder from Thai-Peng-Keng Maxwell Memorial Church, said that the purpose for establishing the association is to promote Bible reading among children in a more systematic and organizational manner, as well as encourage Chinese Christian churches and schools from around the world to pick up the Bible and start reading.
The association’s name was inspired from Revelations 22:13, where Jesus said: “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” This verse denotes that it is God’s word that created the universe, which is also one of the founding principles of the association.
According to Tan, the association’s name includes “children” precisely because it seeks to focus on teaching children and rooting them in God’s word. Its goal is to help children remember God’s word in their hearts through reciting Bible passages.
The opening ceremony was attended by many pastors around Tainan city, as well as children ministry leaders. The program included performances by winners of last year’s Bible recitation contest and children gave their best using their voice and their body language when reciting verses in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English, drawing applause and laughter from the audience.
One attendee remarked that children nowadays are heavily influenced by television programs and computer games and their spirituality has greatly declined. Hence, churches should not waste any time in spreading God’s word.
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